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Police: Drunken Driver Punches Madison Officer

Madison police said that a 21-year-old Madison man has been arrested on suspicion that he punched an officer in the face after being arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 4400 block of Doe Crossing.

Police said Joseph Kief was intoxicated and in possession of a handgun when he crashed his car on Doe Crossing.

When police arrived, they arrested Kief, who then punched an officer in the face, according to authorities.

Kief is facing charges of endangering safety, battery to a police officer, and domestic battery, along with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Public Health Seeks Dog That Bit Woman

Public Health Seeks Dog That Bit Woman

The Department of Public Health is looking for information regarding a dog that bit a woman on Wednesday night.

Public Health officials said the woman was shoveling her sidewalk on Windom Way on Madison's North Side at about 6:15 p.m. when she was bit by a dog described as a large, dark brown or black Pitbull or Rottweiler-type dog. 

The dog was being walked by a black man in his late 20s or 30s. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He was also walking a second dog that had longer hair and might have been gray in color.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police and fire at 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

City Survey Shows Growing Satisfaction Among Residents

City Survey Shows Growing Satisfaction Among Residents

Resident satisfaction with city services and quality of life is up again this year, according to the city’s annual resident satisfaction survey.

Respondents rated overall quality of life at 94 percent and overall quality of services at 91 percent, both up from the past two surveys, according to city officials.

"This survey has been an important tool to help us continually improve city services, and I’m glad that satisfaction is up again this year, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "Both the high response rate and high rate of satisfaction is encouraging."

Administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center, the survey was sent to 1,000 households in September and October of 2010. About 41 percent of surveys were returned -- much higher than a typical response rate, officials said.

Police Investigate Death At Mendota Mental Health Institute

Madison police are investigating a patient's death at Mendota Mental Health Institute.

The 50-year-old patient died early Saturday morning.

Police said the man had been restrained after fighting and struggling with staff, and he was later found unresponsive.

Efforts to revive the patient by staff and Madison Fire Department paramedics were not successful.

The Madison Police Department and the Dane County Coroner's Office are investigating the death.

Authorities: Regional Jet Lands Safely After Reporting Engine Trouble

Authorities: Regional Jet Lands Safely After Reporting Engine Trouble

A twin-engine regional jet landed safely at Dane County Regional Airport after reporting of engine trouble, according to Dane County emergency dispatchers.

The Delta Mesaba Regional Jet flight landed. About 40 people were on board at the time, officials said. The one of plane's engine was out, authorities said.

Authorities said that the call came in for assistance at around 3:16 p.m.

Future Of North Side Park To Be Discussed At Public Meeting

Future Of North Side Park To Be Discussed At Public Meeting

Dane County Land and Water Resources Department and the Friends of Lake View Hill Park are hosting a public information meeting to share the results of a historic landscape evaluation of the property for when it operated as a tuberculosis sanatorium from 1930-1966.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. in Conference Room 110 at the Dane County Health and Human Services Office on 1202 Northport Drive.

Lake View Hill Park is 48.3 acres on the north side of Madison. In 2006 Dane County placed all 48 acres surrounding the former Lake View Sanatorium into conservancy.

Quinn Evans Architects was hired to evaluate the historical significance of the site and has prepared a conceptual plan that provides treatment recommendations for the property’s historical elements.

Registration Upcoming For 4-Year-Old Kindergarten

For the first time, the Madison Metropolitan School District will have 4-year-old kindergarten, beginning Sept. 1.

District officials said 4K will be offered to all children living in the district who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesman Ken Syke said registrations for 4K and 5-year-old kindergarten will be held in the coming months.

Registration for 4K students will take place on Monday, Feb. 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at all MMSD elementary schools.

Registration for 5K students will take place on Monday, March 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. at all MMSD elementary schools. To be eligible for 5K, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011.

Syke said parents or guardians should register their child at their neighborhood school.